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Dec. 07, 2012 @ 07:16 AM

Columnist misses the mark on Bible
I find it really puzzling why The Herald-Dispatch allows a man such as Milt Hankins to constantly be published in your paper. Most every article he prints can be proven untrue. Now he makes the statement that the Bible is full of errors and contradictions!

I had no idea  until now that Milt is smarter than God, and that he has found all these mistakes that others haven’t. There have been plenty of recent letters stating the fact that he has no clue of the Bible by what he writes.

Please get a columnist that at least has a clue of what he is writing about. When Milt, a supposed theologian and retired minister, writes about the Bible, it is an insult because he knows very little about that subject by what he writes. Numerous people agree by the responses you are getting about him.

William Campbell
Ironton, Ohio

America is still a free country
I want to respond to a recent letter regarding the writer’s critique of President Obama.

First and foremost, this is supposedly a free country. Citizens of this country are supposed to have freedom of choice and especially freedom of religion.

Regarding your narrow-minded stand on homosexuality, did you hypocrites who like to condemn those of us who are homosexual ever stop to think that just maybe we never chose the sexual orientation we are given. 

You need to judge yourself first before calling someone else out on doing abominable acts. Go back and read the first chapters of the book of Romans; a lot of those who condemned certain acts were doing the same things.

I personally wouldn’t step foot in one if your churches because Jesus himself wouldn’t even be welcomed there. Take your self righteousness back to where it came from.

Don T. Wilson
Orlando, Fla.

More must be done on climate change
I was pleased to read in The Herald-Dispatch a recent commentary on climate change written by Diane Mufson. This issue probably is the most important issue affecting our planet, because it has economic, social, international and environmental consequences. What are some of the present day and future effects of climate change, described by the scientific community?

n Massive ice sheets are losing ice at three times the rate compared to 20 years ago.

n Sea levels are rising far faster than originally predicted.

n Rising air and water temperatures are causing stronger storms and record droughts.

n Damaging insect populations such as the pine beetles are exploding, resulting in the destruction of many of our western forests.

n Shorelines and islands around the world are at risk from flooding as the oceans’ water levels rise.
n A disconnect between the flowering of plants and migrating birds and other animals that depend on them is evident.

International discussions on the climate took place in Doha, Qatar. Much of the discussion centered on recent scientific studies verifying the connection between human activities and the warming of our climate.

Reducing green house gases including carbon dioxide is the goal of the international negotiations, but the battles among the developed, developing and poorest countries place barriers on passing an effective and enforceable treaty. The costs of decreasing the emissions of climate change gases in our atmosphere will be expensive, but the costs of trying to counter the effects or, worse yet, of living from disaster to disaster are much larger. If we want a livable planet for our grandchildren, then we need to take action now. Making lifestyle changes will be difficult, but they are miniscule compared to living from disaster to disaster.

Helen Gibbins

Wayne school bond levy is confusing
I am a little confused on the Wayne County special school bond levy. A column in The Herald-Dispatch dated Dec. 4 by Mr. Don Perdue and Mr. Doug Reynolds stated that the levy will cost the owner of a home with a market value of $70,000 and a homestead exemption a $3.63 a month increase in property tax.

Then I read an article about the Wayne County assessor stating that the owner of a home assessed at $72,000 for real estate will have a tax increase of $142.71 per year. Also, what Mr. Perdue and Mr. Reynolds forgot to mention was the levy also includes personal property — boats, trailers, etc, and also business personal property. Example: an assessed value of personal property of $72,000 would increase $285.41. 

If you add the real estate increase of $142.71 and the personal property increase of  $285.41, you get a total of $428.12 or $35.67 per month. So now you can see why I am a little confused. I do applaud the Wayne County Assessor for stating the facts.

Richard Wellman
Fort Gay



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